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Oman to build agricultural city to enhance food security

Countryside, Farm, Field Oman News Agency
Saham Agricultural City will cover an area of 65 sq km, with 70% dedicated to agriculture and 30% to urban development

Oman will build an agricultural city as part of its food security initiative, a news report said.

Saham Agricultural City will cover an area of 65 sq km, with 70 percent dedicated to agriculture and 30 percent to urban development, Oman Daily Observer reported.

The city will use advanced technologies such as hydroponics, aeroponics and fish farming to feed 25,000 people annually.



The master plan was presented by Surbana Jurong Group, a Singaporean government-owned consultancy firm focusing on infrastructure and urban developments, the report said.

The project’s cost and construction date were not disclosed.

In March 2024 minister of agriculture, fisheries and water resources Dr. Saud bin Hamoud Al Habsi said the sultanate is working on 137 food projects, with a total investment of OMR1.6 billion ($4.2 billion).

The government has unveiled initiatives such as agricultural cities and integrated agricultural plans to address land issues, Oman Daily Observer said, quoting the minister.

Oman, which is home to around 4.5 million people, is forecast achieve GDP of $108.9 billion this year, down from $109.1 billion in 2023. As a result, GDP per capita is estimated to be $20,913 in 2024.

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